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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Leather Oud. I can't quit smelling it, but I don't really like the way it smells...

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    my dried up vial of voleur de roses. smells like wet, rotting roses.

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    +1 Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    also... Absolue Pour le soir, first reaction was "How dare you!"

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by Possum-Pie View Post
    Montale Cuir d'Arabie...The fecal note disappears in minutes, but can be a shock to some...
    Big +1. That fecal note is incredible.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Um...I have recoiled in horror over a few frags, but unfortunately I haven't had any of those frags grow on me. I need to revisit some.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    I don't recoil from these, rather I find their openings nicely challenging that usher in very appealing drydowns:

    MFK Absolue pour le Soir
    Puredistance M
    SL Ambre Sultan
    Le Labo Oud 27
    FM Musc Ravageur

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    M/Mink +1

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    Kouros is mighty popular and I'm trying hard to get into it but I just can't . It is my least used frag by far and it's not ready for the public yet.
    My Warm Weather Lineup: Royal Mayfair, Roja Dove Enigma, Xerjoff Nio, L'humaniste, Jardin d' Amalfi, Pure White Cologne, Bergamot 22, Jubilation XXV, CHAMBRE NOIRE, Chanel Edition Blanche, CH MEN, Scent Of Peace, DHS, AVENTUS, GIT, VIW, MI.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Ok, I just remembered that when I first smelled Bond no 9 NY Oud that I recoiled, but then I smelled it again and again each time I visited the Bond counter and it grew on me...still not a big fan of Oud, but it isn't as repulsive to me now.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Habit Rouge for me. I couldn't get over the camphor in the top notes. But I began to warm up to it after a few wearings. It takes a special frame of mind for me to make it a SOTD, but I genuinely enjoy it when I do.

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    +1 Leather OUD
    +1 OUD 27

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Ungaro II -- first reaction was "weird." then six months later it was "nice! like Jicky with the civet turned way up!"
    I must agree. A bit difficult to stick your nose into this immediately after spraying for all the civet, but it turns into a thing of incredible beauty as time passes.
    Currently wearing: Worth pour Homme by Worth

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Joop! Homme. For many years, I was repulsed by this scent, but some of its notes always made me revisit this and, eventually, even grow to enjoy it or at least be intrigued about it.
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    Yet another one for Joop! Homme. I honestly can't figure out what I disliked about it so much before. I find it quite pleasant now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOpera View Post
    (...) Hated it when I sprayed it on my wrist then hours later I fell in love and had to bide my time till I could get back tot he store and buy it.
    I know that feeling and your sentence describes perfectly my initial impression of many of the scents that are now my favorites. When you first start getting into fragrances, you're familiar only with the ubiquitous array of mass market scents (clean, fresh, unoffensive, generic, etc.) and other types of scents often strike you as incredibly dirty, bitter, outdated or ugly. I initially felt that way about things like Encre Noire, Eau de Gentiane Blanche, Etro Patchouly, Eau d'Hermès, etc. and today I really enjoy those and find them totally safe to wear. Among the things I own and wear all the time are a number of so-called "challenging" things like Leather Oud, MKK, Route du Vétiver, M/Mink, Mouchoir de Monsieur, and Villoresi Vetiver. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed scents like that 5 or 7 seven years ago, and I realize that it's really only my experience and sensitivity to smell and the quality of ingredients and blending that's changed since I started out, nothing else. Today, my rule of thumb is almost that if something smells strange, unusual or bad in a conventional sense - give it another chance. So much on the fragrance market is simply too easy, just pretty and without that "wow effect" that makes you stop and actually feel something - whether that feeling be horror, wonder, amazement, or whatever.

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